A Portray Buddy – Why Each Artist Wants At Least One!

The climate was depressing and I definitely wouldn’t have been standing out within the chilly if Mel and I hadn’t agreed to color out collectively on today. We wished to brush up on our portray en plein air expertise as we each put together to show this summer season. So I’d made a particular journey to Salt Spring Island to color along with her. The truth that we had truly ended up portray outdoors, despite the overcast day and chilly temperatures quite than sitting heat and comfortable in a espresso store, obtained me desirous about the advantages of getting a portray buddy.

Persevering with with this story, Mel even pushed us to do a second “quickie” portray despite the fact that our fingers had been so chilly we might barely maintain our brush/pastel! Me? I used to be able to pack up and discover someplace toasty! However that’s the place the good thing about a portray buddy is available in – her suggestion (nearly a problem!) made a second portray occur!! (You’ll be able to examine our expertise right here.)

I began pondering of all of the totally different ways in which having a portray buddy (or buddies) is efficacious. As artists, our lives could be fairly solitary and I do suppose that it helps us and our work enormously to have a number of portray buddies to achieve out to and spend time with.

Painting on location with a painting buddy . Photo by Pascal Bernardon at unsplash
Portray on location with a portray buddy.

Listed below are 5 advantages to having a portray buddy (or two!)

1. Motivation

This profit is fairly apparent when you think about my expertise with Mel. We each wished to get outdoors and paint however we each had a tough time truly doing that! Setting a date to color collectively obtained us over the hump.

With a portray buddy, even in case you can’t truly paint collectively, you may problem one another to color on a sure day and promise to share progress. Understanding that your buddy is portray on the similar time is, in itself, motivating. And understanding you will have to point out one thing on the finish of the required day is a large motivation! 

Doing this, you will make vital progress in your artwork. 

You’ll be able to arrange this problem any means you need. It could possibly be a promise to color every day for every week, by yourself, and checking in with one another on the finish of every day. Or maybe it’s the dedication to have a portray completed on the finish of every month. Or possibly, you meet one another on Tuesday mornings to color collectively (in individual or on-line). Having a portray buddy helps you keep centered and motivated!

A painting buddy (or two!) - three women out to paint together
Heading out to color collectively

Setting targets and deadlines could be an efficient method to keep motivated and productive in your portray apply. However, as everyone knows, it could actually generally be tough to carry your self accountable to these targets. Some days chances are you’ll not really feel like portray. Having a portray buddy can present accountability and help you should keep on observe. Understanding that you’ve got somebody who’s relying on you to make progress could be a highly effective motivator!

You could even determine to have a present collectively! 

2. Inspiration

Among the finest issues about having a portray buddy is having somebody who shares your ardour for artwork. When you’ve gotten somebody to speak to about your work and your concepts, you may acquire a recent perspective by yourself artistic course of. Your portray buddy can turn out to be a sounding board for brand spanking new concepts, and you may problem one another to attempt new strategies and types.

We all know it’s simple to fall right into a artistic rut. A portray buddy can brainstorm concepts with you to assist get away of that rut. They will introduce you to new artists, strategies, and subject material that you could be not have thought of earlier than. Seeing their work and listening to about their experiences may encourage you to attempt new issues and push your individual boundaries.

Challenging each others ideas
Making an attempt new instructions

You would possibly take into account collaborating along with your portray buddy. Doing this could push you each creatively. And in case your portray buddy works in a distinct medium from you, even higher. The cross-pollination can generate thrilling new work! This occurs with me and my Playgroup gals – we’re a painter, a blended media artist, a weaver, and a basket maker!

Going to a museum or gallery with a portray buddy is a superb method to be impressed collectively. Afterwards, over a English Fog or a glass of crimson wine, it’s a deal with to debate the work/paintings that stood out and why. Maybe you’ll be impressed to include some new concept into your subsequent piece or collection. You’ll really feel energized and able to get portray!

With a Painting buddy in an art gallery
3. Help and encouragement

Having a portray buddy means you’ve gotten somebody who understands the artistic course of and who can give you constructive suggestions. They might help you establish areas the place you may enhance or level out methods chances are you’ll take into account altering your method to your work.

This suggestions could be particularly useful in case you’ve been engaged on a portray for some time and have turn out to be too near the work to have the ability to see its flaws objectively. Your portray buddy presents recent eyes. They will act as a sounding board for brand spanking new concepts which could be instrumental in serving to you’re taking your work to the following degree.

Along with suggestions, having a portray buddy can give you emotional help if you want it most. 

Emotional support from a painting buddy
Emotional help from a portray buddy!

The artistic course of could be fraught with self-doubt and frustration, and having somebody to share your struggles with could be a life saver! Your portray buddy could be there that will help you by artistic blocks or setbacks. They will give you encouragement if you’re feeling caught or unsure about your work. They will remind you of your successes and progress, and provide help to keep centered in your targets. 

This emotional help could be particularly vital in case you’re a solo artist who works alone more often than not. Having a portray buddy might help you’re feeling extra related to the inventive group, and remind you that you just’re not alone in your inventive struggles.

4. Shared assets and information

You’ll be able to share assets and information with a portray buddy. This will embody sharing supplies or instruments, or exchanging details about totally different strategies or types or artists. For example, I like sharing helpful and inspirational YouTube movies I’ve come throughout. 

Sharing cool YouTube videos

You too can study from one another’s experiences, reminiscent of the place to search out some nice portray areas, or methods to take care of tough lighting circumstances. They may find out about an incredible artwork provide retailer or counsel a brand new instrument they advocate making an attempt. 

Your portray buddy may also have experience in a selected method or type that you just wish to study extra about. By pooling your assets, you may each profit and develop and study as artists. This is likely one of the most respected elements of being a part of an art membership!

Pastels in an art store
5. Social connection

Being an artist is often a solitary pursuit. Having a portray buddy or numerous portray buds presents an opportunity to attach with different folks, particularly individuals who share your ardour for artwork. 

Quite than feeling remoted, being a part of a group of artists whether or not in a pastel society or in an artwork membership like IGNITE!, means a chance to construct friendships based mostly in your shared love of artwork, and create a way of belonging with different painters. 

I discover that spending time with my portray buddies means we transcend our artwork lives and share what’s occurring in the remainder of our lives. That’s what I imply by the social connection. HowToPastellers who’ve met within the HowToPastel group have gone on to forge friendships within the bodily world. They’ve meet ups and find out about every others grandchildren or a brand new pet that’s come into their lives. The identical is true of the members of IGNITE! It warms my coronary heart to see these connections being made!

Four painting buddies

I work quite a bit by myself – each in my studio and creating content material for this weblog and likewise tutorials and demos and extra for my art-membership. I’m pleased with my very own firm. And but, once I meet up with a portray buddy like Mel or with my Playgroup (made up of 4 girls visible artists), my life is enriched and enlivened by these encounters.

My Mum can be one other portray buddy. We’ve painted on location collectively and inside the home collectively. We regularly test in on what every of us is portray, getting and giving the occasional suggestions, sending inspirational artwork to one another because it comes throughout our digital screens.  

Mum - my painting buddy. Painting inside with me copy
Mum laborious at work portray! I had a set-up to the correct off digital camera

I’m additionally a member of a few pastels societies and that’s an effective way to be impressed, motivated (there are exhibits to enter!), and related. 

After which there are artwork memberships. I belong to a few (sure, I would like this connection too!) and run my very own IGNITE! Membership crammed with heat and fantastic folks! Among the finest issues about being a part of an artwork membership is the chance to attach with different artists and discover a portray buddy. With a supportive group of artists, you’ll additionally get the encouragement and inspiration you should take your artwork to the following degree.

Whether or not you’re simply beginning out or have been portray for years, having a portray buddy (aka an artwork buddy), having somebody to share your work with, might help you develop as an artist and make all of the distinction in your life.

So inform me, do you’ve gotten a portray buddy?

Till subsequent time!

~ Gail

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